In this highly suspenseful story, the author takes you back and forth between a computer game and a real life parallel. I was struck by the similarity to the non-fiction work by Sheldon S. Wolin, Democracy Incorporated: Managed Democracy and the Specter of totalitarianism.
The writing is fast paced (always good in this genre) and the dialog is great. The story line is interesting and I was able to suspend belief in reality up until the last few chapters when the author completely lost me.
Bullet bikes as assassination machines was just too much.
I really didn't expect something so thought provoking in this book, but this is really the author's look at injustice in a corrupt country and one way to correct it (in a pretty gratifying, justice is served, kind of way). I liked it and Freedom, inc also!!
Slow but creative build-up to a disappointing, abrupt ending. Be prepared to purchase the sequel. I did enjoy the journey into the computer realm and into the minds of each character. The author did a great job crafting the story, making it real and plausible. I thought the narrator did a fantastic job. There is a fairly vulgar chapter early on that some females may not enjoy.
I actually read this book, and its companion 'Freedom (TM),' over a year ago. No book has ever stayed with me, or so accurately predicted events occurring today. This book is exciting from the first word, and will teach you more about security, corporate greed, and both the good and the bad that can come from reliance on technology. Very entertaining, and very informative.
Recommended by Steve Gibson from Security Now podcast. He was right, fast paced action that kept me listening. Very believable, scarily so. Moving onto Freedom TM right now.
This book is FANTASTIC. I am inventing longer routes to/from work just so I can listen longer. Plus it is the best produced audio book I have ever listened to.
Both books Daemon and Freedom TM are incredible. Highly recommended. It might be hard to understand some of the computer terms if you are not an IT person. Nevertheless it is worth listening to. Both me and my 14 year old son found this book amazing.
A friend told me about this book quite a while ago. While it sounded interesting, I wasn't sure if it would really hold my interest. I'm a software engineer by profession, and the plot line seemed just a bit farfetched for my taste.
Boy, am I glad that I gave it a try.
This is an AMAZING story! Daniel Suarez is also a software guy, and he knows his stuff! He takes existing, familiar, technology and weaves it together in a completely plausible (and in fact feasible) way to create a frightening vision of where technology could legitimately go. And he writes a hell of a good story along the way! Yes, as the story progresses the technology starts to stretch to its limits. But none of it is beyond a logical extension of where technology is today.
I always say that a book is truly great if, after finishing it, I look at the world around me a little bit differently for a few days. This is one of only 2-3 books that have ever had that effect on me. And when it ended, I felt a sense of loss for a day or two. Suarez has created a fascinating world, and I missed it when it was gone.
If you like science, science fiction, technology, or just a great whodunit, get this book!
This is easily my favorite audiobook. The story start off as a technology thriller and finishes as a stunning commentary on our world today. I highly recommend Daemon and Freedom. It's a stunning accomplishment by author Daniel Suarez.